Apr
11
2015

Cherry Blossom Season Vocabulary

It’s cherry blossom season in Japan right now, so I thought it might be a good idea to introduce some Japanese words that you might come across in spring. Don’t worry, those words are rather easy to remember and maybe you already know a few of them. Sakura Well, the most obvious vocabulary that you […]

Apr
9
2015

Teaching German in Japan – The Truth About Job Opportunities

As most of you might know by now I’m a “German Alien in Japan“. A lot of you might think that I’m working as a German teacher, but I’m actually working as an English teacher here in Japan. Why, you ask? Well, that’s because it’s extremely difficult to find a job as a German teacher […]

Apr
6
2015

Top 9 Cherry Blossom Spots in Tohoku and Hokkaido

It’s cherry blossom season in Japan right now. But don’t panic if you missed it. You’ve still got a chance to catch the cherry blossoms in the colder regions of Japan where they naturally bloom later (= late April / early May). I’ve spent my Golden Week vacation in Tohoku and Hokkaido in 2012 and […]

Apr
3
2015

9 Things You Might Miss When Living in Japan

So, you’re finally in Japan. You’ve made it here and you’re the happiest being around town. Great. But once this ‘honeymoon’ stage is over, you’ll start to see some of the “dark sides” as well. You’ll miss certain things for sure. And I’m not talking about being homesick here! Obviously what you’ll miss depends greatly […]

Mar
20
2015

Kerama Islands – Okinawa’s Snorkeling Paradise

I guess it’s not a secret anymore that I’m a huge Okinawa fan. Okinawa is so beautiful and all the tiny, remote islands are great for diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or just relaxing. Previously, I already recommended the Yaeyama Islands, but for snorkeling the Kerama Islands are probably your best choice. Kerama Islands – A […]

Mar
14
2015

Japanese Castles – A Backpacker’s Guide

If you’re interested in Japanese castles (like me), then you shouldn’t miss today’s interview. My guest is Julien Mentzer who has published a book called “Japanese Castles – A Backpacker’s Guide“. He’ll talk about his newest project with us today. He’s a fellow castle lover and I enjoyed being interviewed by him in March 2014. […]

Mar
5
2015

Shiraoi Ainu Museum: Following the Traces of the Ainu in Hokkaido

There are a lot of reasons why you should visit Hokkaido. One of them is to learn more about the Ainu. If you’re interested in Ainu culture, you should definitely check out one of the Ainu museums in Hokkaido. Today I want to introduce the Ainu Museum of Shiraoi which is considered one of the […]

Feb
18
2015

About Leaving or Staying in Japan

It’s probably safe to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re interested in Japan. Maybe you even love this country of the rising sun. So, now you wonder how would anyone who managed to come and live here want to ever leave again? Well, I’m sure that anyone who has lived in Japan for a […]

Feb
10
2015

Exploring Snowy Sapporo

Sapporo is the capital of Japan’s biggest prefecture, Hokkaido. You might have heard of Sapporo when it comes to winter sport as it gets a lot of snow in winter. So, it’s not surprising that Sapporo is the host of the biggest winter festival in Japan, the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri. But there’s more to explore […]

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